Mars Inc. buys 800 animal hospitals for $9.1B

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McLean-based Mars Inc., like rival and soon to be Rosslyn-based Nestle USA, is so much more than candy. With that in mind, Mars on Tuesday announced its successful acquisition of VCA Inc. and its 800 small veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, its animal diagnostic imaging company and its doggy day care and overnight camp franchise, Camp Bow Wow. Mars, one of the nation's largest privately held companies, paid $93 per share for VCA (NASDAQ: WOOF) in a deal valued at $9.1 billion. The acquisition...

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